My name is Josie Quack, and I am an illustrator, designer, and herbalist working under the name Tenderheart Studio. My work spanning across media (my primary modes are pen and ink and printmaking) serves as an opportunity to help connect people to the natural world.
As a student of the earth, I use art and illustration to encourage reciprocity with the land, rather than extraction and dominance; practicing that reciprocity is central to my process. Wandering through woods, splashing in rivers, growing a garden, and making plant medicine all inform my process of making artwork that serves as evidence of those experiences. What might not look like art from the outside is essential to cultivating an intentional relationship with the land that can then be spoken through my work.
I grew up in a small rural village in Ohio as a son of a cabinet-making wood carver and a seamstress. My extended family was filled with other types of craftspeople and artisans as well. With such a fertile garden of influence around me, I was inevitably drawn to the arts like a moth to flames.
Clay gives my hands the tactile experience I enjoy and has a wide range of applications. I found that the visual representation painting and drawing can achieve, clay can do as well when used in sculpting reliefs.
Ken Jehle Wing Haven Chamber Music Classical Guitar
As a musician, nature enthusiast and longtime supporter of ACRES Land Trust, I am very excited about the Wing Haven Ecological Reflections Arts, Humanities, and Sciences project. This 200-year project commissions an artist once a year to create a work. At the end of this “short-term” project, it is hoped this large body of work puts into perspective the gravity of ACRES commitment to protecting land forever. I consider it a great honor to be selected as the 2020 artist. I feel privileged to have my humble project added to this amazing collection!
“Crunching leaves underfoot, winding trails, twittering wildlife, and blue sky reflected on the Gentian Lakes all make Wing Haven Preserve an alluring place to connect with nature. What makes Wing Haven truly unique though, is the story of the people who made Wing Haven accessible to the rest of us.
Gwen Gutwein Morning Mist on Seven Sisters Oil on canvas
“Several years ago I visited Wing Haven for the first time.
I was enamored by the old log cabin buried in the woods and the
caretaker’s home nestled in its beautiful setting with a dense canopy of trees
behind. At that time I didn’t take the
trek down to the little lake. Instead I
set up my easel and did a painting of a beautiful teepee dappled with dancing
light. It was a lovely warm day and I
left there satisfied with my painting.
Earlier this year, ACRES Land Trust kicked off our 200-year Ecological Reflections art and science initiative, curating works on Wing Haven, an ACRES preserve north of Angola. The initiative will commission and share two centuries of work by artists and scientists investigating and reflecting on Wing Haven over time.